Monster Cable 850 Interconnects Speaker Cables

850 Interconnects

User Reviews (10)

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Bill   Audio Enthusiast [May 12, 2002]
Strength:

Well-made, well-shielded, good looking. Excellent if you want a warmer sounding cable.

Weakness:

Too warm for my particular system.

This cable is very well made, and quite good looking -- a standout in both these regards at this price range. It is fat, yet fairly flexible. I used a 2M length from my Preamp to my Amp and a 1M length from my SACD player to my Preamp. Soundwise, the M850 isn''t as good as it looks. The bass is big, but not as punchy as I''d like -- it seems to emphasize the really low bass at the expense of sume speed and punch. The lower mids seem quite full, the upper mids just slightly thin. Male vocals sound a bit throaty, and female vocals with higher voices sound a bit withdrawn. The treble is very very smooth, but lacks a little sparkle and "air." I seem to hear everything, but the sound just isn''t as open as on the replacement cable I A/B''d with, the WireWorld Equinox III+. On the good side, these cables run right by my Monster HTS2000 and various other cords and cables without picking up any extraneous hum or noise. They have a very "warm" signature, while I would describe the WireWorlds as having a "smooth" signature. With my Dynaudios, I like the smooth sound -- the M850s just sound a little dull. For people with cheaper speakers with metal domes (i.e. the B&W 600 crowd and similar) this would likely be a nice cable.

Similar Products Used: WireWorld Equinox III, other Monsters, etc.
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
ross charette   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 29, 2000]
Strength:

better than oem cable

Weakness:

not as good as 950i

this is a good cable, but if you are going to spend close to $100 on an interconnect, trust me dont waste your money and time with the 850i. go for the 950i, for the little extra money it costs, the differences in sound will amaze you. trust me, I liked my 850, but it was missing something. i traded my 850 in for a 950 and love it much more! if you buy them at tweeter you can always bring it back withing 30 days and get the cheaper cable.

Similar Products Used: 950i
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RATING
3
VALUE
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3
Leon   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 20, 2001]
Strength:

Good all around performance

Weakness:

Not as good as the more expensive products :)

Excellent performance for its price range. Bigger sound stage, more bass, more treble and yet very clean on the top. Best thing about this is the mid. Voice and string intruments come alive. More precise imaging. The overall impression is the music become much more pleasing and musical, and it seems someone might have turned up the volume (this is the effect of stronger signal and less noise which consumes energy even though you may not consciously hear it).

In general, if it is truly a better product, it should improve most, if not all, of the above mentioned aspects. Otherwise, you are seeing (or hearing) different coloring effect (for example, brighter but less bass) instead of true improvements. Don't pay more for that.

I might return the M850 and keep the Z200i, which simply does everything better than the M850, but for almost twice as much (bucks, of course). If you ask me, pick the best you can afford.

My system:
Denon DVM-1800 (5-disk DVD)
Denon CDM-350 (5-disk CD)
Denon DRA-435 (Integrated Receiver)
Denon DRW-650 (Double Casette Deck)
Polk Audio RTA-11TL (One of the older ones when Polks still makes excellent speakers, frequency response 27Hz-26KHz)
Monster Z200i and M850i (Interconnects)
Monster Z1 (Speaker Cables)

Does cable matter? Definitely, assuming you get a decent system (and that doesn't have to be super high end). Cables not only filter and color the sound, they also generate noise. The noise comes from two primary sources, electromagnetic interference and audio signal reflection within the cable. Most people can't appreciate why cables matter because it's seemingly a rather simple device. What can it do? And How can it cost that much? But this simply device has to accomplish the goals of least filtering, least coloring, rejecting electromagnetic interference as well as minimizing reflection noise etc. That is why it's not easy to make excellent cables. A good cable involves far more than just a piece of wire made of excellent material.

I might get the Monster Z2 Reference speaker cables too.

Similar Products Used: Monster Z200i, RS Gold
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Allan   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 01, 2001]
Strength:

Tonal Balance, Sound Stage, Dynamics

Weakness:

Clarity could be better

This review is only based on a comparison between Monster Cables in the M series. I believe that the M850 is simply the best value in the Monster M series. The high end is smoother than the M550 which is itself a good performer. And the M850 is not as "warm" as the M950 which tends to emphasize the harmonics within the midrange, in my opinion. And I feel the M850 also has a "forgiving" nature with regard to the variations in recording quality being equally adept with movies or music.

Yes, there are better cables by other manufacturers but not at this price point.

Similar Products Used: MIT, Tributaries, XLO, AQ
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Adrian Gomez   Audio Enthusiast [Jun 26, 2001]
Strength:

This was a very strong high tech cable it was my favorite of all

Weakness:

Relly had No weaknesses

I really liked this i was really gratfuyll i spent this money on this cable it did me very good the quality on this cablewas great and worth it thanks to monster cables that my sound quality is great and worth listening to.

Similar Products Used: I used the monster cable mit 456 that was very similiar
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Marshall   an Audiophile [Jan 31, 1998]

I know Monster takes a lot of heat for their less expensive products, but, at their price point, the 850s may deserve your attention. They are about $80 for a meter pair, extremely well constructed, and essentially honest. Admittedly, the high end might be somewhat rolled off, but it is not severe and is a definite plus in some systems. The bass is excellent, among the best, and the midrange is neutral.
I've moved on to more expensive products (TARA, D Lin, Lattice, Kimber), but there have been moments of disappointment with far more expensive products when I wished I'd stayed with the 850s. Be aware that some expensive cables are designed to do something different that captures your attention, but ultimately are not honest to the source.

Considering the price, quality of construction, and honest, un-hyped presentation, I give the Monsters four stars.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
H.M.   an Audiophile [Jun 22, 1998]

The Monster Cable M2.4 is the most amazing speaker cable that I have had the pleasure to own.If you read the audiophile mags then you should reference Jonathan Scull's review in Stereophile, because it is extremely accurate. Previously, I have owned Audioquest Midnight, and I have also tried Audiotruth Sterling (could not afford them) but when it comes to a speaker hose under $1,000 you simply can not go wrong with the "Monster". Believe me I am the most paranoid of all listeners, and I always find faults within a product, but the M2.4 biwire cable's faults are so minor that you will forgive them. What you will get though is heavenly performance. I don't know what's inside those network boxes but it sure works. Anyway got to go now, but do check them out.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
rockman   an Audio Enthusiast [Jun 18, 1999]

awesome! this interconect is worth every penny. sounds as if you have rear speakers on your system.sound stage and imaging is excellent. all sound bands are rock solid.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
BC   an Audio Enthusiast [Sep 01, 1999]

Five years or so ago, before home theater mania struck an unsuspecting populous, Monster Cable seemed to be more highly regarded. I suspect the proliferation of their entry-level cables throughout the retail markets has hurt their reputation among avid listeners. And, to be quite honest, I've never been very impressed with their entry level products; I don't think they do much to improve resolution. That said, the M series is still the domain of the audio parlors, and I've been trying several cables in the price range of the 850s. For eighty bucks, I don't expect to set the world on fire, but I have noticed considerably greater resolution with the 850s compared to their own 350s!
Agreeing with previous reviewers, the bass response seemed fuller, and overall sound quality throughout the bandwidth was improved with my Musical Design CD-1 player AND Yamaha 795 DVD Player. Compared to Kimber's PBJ, the Monster seems to emphasize bass response and generally better resolution across bandwidth. I am less convinced (so far) of the PBJ's merits; it does a VERY good job opening up the top end, but at times seems grainy with string instruments and other delicate recordings.

When I can make a noticeable, albeit slight, improvement in the fidelity of my increasingly expensive A/V system for eighty bucks, I call that an EXCELLENT value.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Kr   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 16, 2000]
Strength:

turbine connectors

Weakness:

turbine connectors

after 10 years with the same high end interconnects, i decided to try the monster cable 850i for both the cd-preamp,preamp-amp.WOW...this wasnt what i was expecting at all. the mids were now very blouted,the highs very uncomfortable to listen to. i used these for a week trying to get them to burn in but i had no luck,so i returned them.im not saying that they are not a good cable;i didnt want to wait hoping that they might sound better(couldnt see it happening).you have to be very careful when inserting and removing those "turbine connectors" because you can pull the rca jacks right out of your equipment...i almost did.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
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